Accelerated Charter High School commonly referred to as Wallis Annenberg High School opened in 1994 for students in 9th through 12th grades. The school on average has 810 students enrolled per year.
The school is a dual language school, which provides 50% of classroom instruction in Spanish and 50% in English. The curriculum is project based, thus providing students with more personal lesson plans.
The school utilizes the Gomez & Gomez Dual Language Enrichment model, which aids students in developing both English and Spanish skills along with multicultural and self-expression skills. The school offers some great after school programs to help students succeed including the English, Spanish, the Arts, Science, Math, and Language Arts.
Along with core subjects the school provides extra curricular activities, sports, and student clubs which include drama, painting, dance, chorus, band, yoga, volleyball, softball, soccer, football, martial arts, physical education classes, cheerleading, basketball, newspaper, student government, community service, and yearbook. Wallis Annenberg High School also provides vocational programs for students that wish to participate which include health careers, food service, and cosmetology.
The school has mixed reviews but overall most parents are very pleased with the teachers and staff. The main complaint is that the school does not have the funds needed to supply students with the necessary educational tools and the principal does not listen well to issues that parents discuss at meetings. Students are doing quite well and receiving a quality education and most parents are very happy with the way their children are learning along with the vocational opportunities.
When it comes to the California Standards Tests, the school did not perform as well as other schools with most grades and courses with results below average. The exceptions were chemistry, US history, and math with 11th graders, which was all above average. On the other hand, if you look at the California High School Exit Exam the students scored above state averages across the board.
Even with a few negative comments from parents regarding staff, the school is providing an exceptional education to students and helping them reach their goals of graduating high school and receiving their diploma. Of course, it would still be in your best interest to take a tour of the school and talk with staff and teachers to learn if the school is best for your child.
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Accelerated Charter High School (Wallis Annenberg High School)
4000 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037